Lights and Sirens

Morton Building Damaged In Morning Fire

Orange City, Iowa — A Morton building was damaged in a fire on Friday, November 29, 2019, near Orange City.

According to Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Wel, about 8:50 a.m., the Orange City Fire Department was called to the report of a Morton building on fire at Keizer Aluminum Wheels at 3981 Jackson Avenue, four and a half miles north of Orange City.

The chief says the fire department saw smoke from the roof of a smaller building, adjacent to the main building as they approached the scene. He says they tore some interior tin down and found 2 or 3 rafters burned through in the attic. They removed some insulation to get to the fire and extinguished it.

Vander Wel says no injuries were reported.

The fire department was assisted by the Sioux Center Fire Department.

He says the cause of the is undetermined. The fire was above an aluminum alloy wheel warming furnace, but it’s not known if that machine was involved, according to Vander Wel.

Chief Vander Wel reports that there was moderate damage to the building and no apparent damage to the furnace.

He says the 36 firefighters who responded were on the scene for about two and a half hours.

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